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    DescriptionThis book tells us how maps help us to understand where we are in the world in the same way that literature, whether realistic or experimental, attempts to explain our realities. "Maps of the Imagination" explores how writers and cartographers use many of the same devices for plotting and executing their work, making crucial decisions about what to include and what to leave out, in order to get us from here to there, without excess baggage or a confusing surplus of information.Turchi traces the history of maps, from their initial decorative and religious purposes to their later instructional applications. He describes how maps rely on projections in order to portray a three-dimensional world on the two-dimensional flat surface of paper, which he goes on to relate to what writers do in projecting a literary work from the imagination onto the page.Drawing from texts as varied as poetry by Louise Gluck, stories by Kate Chopin and Robert Coover, novels by Robert Louis Stevenson and Italo Calvino, the film "Memento", and Chuck Jones' "Roadrunner" cartoons, Turchi ranges across a wide literary geography, illustrating his argument with an array of maps and illustrations, which will be scattered throughout the text.


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    Title
    Maps of the Imagination
    Subtitle
    The Writer as Cartographer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Turchi
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 246
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781595340412
    ISBN 10: 1595340416
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: LIT
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    DC22: 809
    B&T Approval Code: A23150000, A19300000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: DSB
    Illustrations note
    with colour & b&w illustrations throughout
    Publisher
    Trinity University Press,U.S.
    Imprint name
    Trinity University Press,U.S.
    Publication date
    05 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    San Antonio
    Author Information
    Peter Turchi is the Director of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the author of the novel The Girls Next Door and the story collection Magician, and the coeditor, with Andrea Barrett, of The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work and, with Charles Baxter, of Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.